What is Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome?

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What is CHS, cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome?

Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) is a condition in which a patient experiences extreme nausea, cyclical vomiting, and severe abdominal pain after using cannabis.

What are the symptoms of CHS?

Symptoms can be mild or severe and can occur for a few minutes or for years.

Symptoms can be:

  • chronic regular cannabis use, predating the onset of illness
  • a cyclical pattern of hyperemesis every few weeks to months, at which time the patient is still using cannabis and
  • resolution of the symptoms after cessation of cannabis use and detox/withdrawal period
  • abdominal washing; symptoms may be relieved by hot baths or shower

Can someone die from CHS?

Yes, if marijuana use is not stopped, CHS can be fatal. Prolonged vomiting may lead to:

  • dehydration
  • electrolyte problems
  • muscle spasms or weakness
  • seizures
  • heart rhythm abnormalities
  • shock
  • in rare cases, brain swelling (cerebral edema)

resource: Cedars Sinai

What causes CHS?

The chemical or cannabinoids from the cannabis/marijuana plant overload the endocannabinoid system of the human body.

I thought “weed” cured nausea, not caused it.

While there are FDA-approved THC medicines out there to help with certain cases of nausea, there is a much more insidious adverse reaction many marijuana users are experiencing, which can leave them begging for relief or even kill them.

Is there a cure for CHS?

In past decades, CHS was not common. But with the legalization of marijuana, especially of high-potency products, it is now the main reason people seek medical attention for marijuana-related harms in Colorado emergency rooms. It is urgent to get this information out to the public before it’s too late.

Why is Cannabis Induced-Psychosis not understood by the medical community and the general public?

Due to the lack of education, combined with well-funded ad campaigns, the public is being deceived.

Will I develop CHS if I only use marijuana just a few times a week or month?

While most professionals say CHS is caused by chronic use and we can’t predict who is susceptible, some experience symptoms after using marijuana only a few times.